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CULINARY & WALKING TOURS in ITALY

CALENDAR 2018

Join one of our small group departures, or book that private family get together that you've thought about for so long.

Don't see the dates you want?  E-mail us, as we often add tours during the season.

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          Tour Dates and Prices

Our prices are guaranteed in US dollars.  Once you book your tour, the price is guaranteed so you are protected from exchange rate fluctuations.

 

 

2018   Tour  Calendar

E-mail us if you are interested in a private tour: info@italian-connection.com

Accommodation Key:

  • Signature: Boutique hotels and luxurious country inns
  • Caper: Welcoming family-run inns and farms
  • Blend: A combination of Signature and Caper lodgings

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Jan 15-23, 2018: Cuba Experience   - Music, Dance, Nature, and Cultural Encounters.   $3680. It’s easy and legal to go to Cuba in a small group, so join us as we introduce you to our Cuban friends and immerse you in Cuban culture. Maximum 11 participants on this small group tour of Cuba.  See the itinerary on our blog post or E-mail us for details:  info@italian-connection.com Caper

January - April: Costa Rica Experience A new way to travel - independent yet guided, pick your own dates! Explore the most remote and wildlife-rich area of Costa Rica on this new tour packed with memorable experiences in the biologically intense Corcovado Park.  Track tapirs, anteaters, monkeys, sloth, and the elusive puma on a jungle trek, snorkel with white-tipped sharks and vividly-colored fish, and as darkness falls, we’ll get out our headlamps and meet up with fascinating creatures of the night.  A true getaway that features a luxury lodge with excellent food based on Costa Rican ingredients with an Italian flair, picnics on the beach, and fresh fruit smoothies and ice-cold beer to quench your thirst.   This action-packed tour is suitable for most fitness levels. Excursions are with the best expert bilingual guides on site. From $2260 per person in high season (dry), includes accommodation in a luxurious boutique lodge with ocean view, all meals, 3 guided excursions with bilingual experts, and airport transfers. Book this now and escape the winter into an adventure wonderland! Choose your dates for this 6 day tour – we can offer suggestions to extend your stay if you want a longer holiday. Email us to see if your dates are available: info@italian-connection.com Signature

March 16-22: Sicily Experience - Special Departure, San Giuseppe Festival $3690. Explore the idyllic countryside in Eastern Sicily on foot, and participate in the exciting activities during the Festival of San Giuseppe.  Bid on a wild variety of edible items during the San Giuseppe food auction, including fanciful breads, huge hunks of cheese, wild asparagus, and the occasional live chicken.  Visit a selection of private homes with astonishing displays of homemade sweets in honor of the saint, and admire the Baroque architecture in Ragusa, and Greek ruins in Syracuse.  An exciting and fun introduction to Sicily, from the folks who live there! For further details, e-mail us: info@italian-connection.com  Blend

April 9-17:  Splendors of Sicily Walking Tour $5680. Travel around the island enjoying beautiful varied walks, archeological sites, fascinating towns, and great food and wine, while staying in Sicily's finest hotels. Enjoy dinner in a 2-star Michelin restaurant and meet the Chef. This award-winning tour was featured in National Geographic Traveler as one of "50 Tours of a Lifetime." This is during the stunning wildflower season, too!   Our most popular tour, so sign-up soon. Signature

May 13-20: Aeolian Islands Walking Tour $4880. The Aeolian Islands off the northeast coast of Sicily offer a wonderful variety of walks, and each island has its own personality.  Drift past bright hibiscus flowers and a tangle of caper plants on the greenest island of Salina, or watch the natural fireworks spurting from the Stromboli volcano, and hike to a prehistoric site on the tiny island of Filicudi. Blend

May 25-30: Walking & Cooking in Umbria   $4980.  Charming villages, spectacular wildflowers, and undiscovered territory greet the traveler on this walking tour in Umbria, with a guided visit to Assisi and a hands-on cooking lesson at a luxurious boutique hotel. Enjoy prestigious wines & walks to lofty hilltowns.  Signature

June 15-20: Amalfi & Capri Adventure NEW! $3180   Walk on rugged paths high above the coast with spectacular views, and descend through lush lemon groves to the bustling town of Amalfi.  Take a ferry to the beautiful island of Capri, where we stay 2 nights in a family-run inn, and explore the island on foot.  Enjoy sumptuous farm-to-table meals and heady local wine. Email us for details: info@ italian-connection.com Caper

July 4-10: Wildflowers in the Dolomites Walking & Hiking Tour $4980. Enjoy alpine splendor and rustic mountaintop lunches during the spectacular wildflower season, while walking in 3 different valleys. Stay at the Rosalpina, the Dolomite's finest hotel! Signature

July 10-14: Dolomites High Routes Hike Price varies depending upon chosen accommodation: 3-star hotel $3780.  4-star hotel $4280. 5-star hotel w/spa $4780. Splendid high-level walks with spectacular views for the fit walker, based in Cortina.

Sept 2-7: Southern Tuscany & Umbria: NEW! $4980. Exquisite hilltowns, sweeping views, and delightful quiet pathwys greet the traveler on this walking tour in southern Tuscany and Umbria, with a guided visit to Assisi and lodgings in luxurious boutique hotels. Enjoy top wines & genuine cuisine.  Email-us for details: info@italian-connection.com

Sept 14-21: Puglia Walk $4880. Explore delightful white-washed towns, follow a trail lined with wild cyclamens, walk by the turquoise sea, shape orecchiette pasta, explore the fascinating "sassi" of Matera, dine divinely, meet our passionate local friends on the trail and at the lunch table, hang out at the fish market or cool art studios. Blend

Oct 1 -6: Tuscany Hilltowns Walking Tour $ 4880. Grape Harvest time! Boutique hotels, classic landscape, great food and top wines. We lived here for 17 years - Meet our friends, comb a cashmere goat and dine in a private home. The insider tour of Tuscany that no one else can duplicate! Signature

Oct 9-17: Splendors of Sicily Walking Tour $ 5680. Travel around the island enjoying beautiful varied walks, archeological sites, fascinating towns, and great food and wine, while staying in Sicily's finest hotels.   Enjoy dinner in a 2-star Michelin restaurant and meet the Chef. This award-winning tour was featured in National Geographic Traveler as one of "50 Tours of a Lifetime ."  One of our most popular tours!  Signature

Oct 27-Nov 3: Two Continents Culinary & Cultural Tour - Sicily to Istanbul $4580. Compare the fascinating Byzantine and Roman sites of Sicily and Istanbul, taste the inventive street food of Palermo, view the astonishing Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina, tiptoe shoeless through a grand mosque, cross over to Asia to an astounding market and indulge in a Turkish culinary tour with a local guide. Signature

Don't see the dates you want? We often add tours during the course of the year, so email us with your preferred dates and trip and we'll see what we can do!

info@italian-connection.com

COMING SOON off the beaten track tours: Bellissima Basilicata & Mysterious Molise

Unique walking holidays and tours that create long-lasting memories of active vacations in Italy, the Mediterranean, and beyond, since 1993. Small group tours of Cuba, luxury adventure tour in Costa Rica, Sicily to Istanbul cultural tour, Savoring Sicily Culinary tour.  Walking tours in Sicily, Hiking in the Dolomites, Tuscany and Umbria walking tours with luxurious boutique hotels, adventure walking tour to Amalfi coast & Capri.

E-mail us to book your perfect private tour in Italy or join one of our friendly small groups.

info@italian-connection.com

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